Firefighters muscle in to raise money

Last year's fire engine pull through in Biggleswade
Last year's fire engine pull through in Biggleswade

Biggleswade’s brawniest firefighters will be out in force next month pulling 12 tons of fire engine through the town centre.

And they’re hoping lots of locals will sign up to help. You don’t have to be super strong but you will need to be reasonably fit.

Organiser Ryan Phillips – a fire fighter at Biggleswade Fire Station – said: “It’s hard work but a lot of fun.”

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So far those who’ve registered include councillors, paramedics, hairdressers, beauticians, rugby and football players, musicians, artists and local business people.

Local fire fighters have been preparing for the charity challenge by eating healthily, lifting weights, running and flipping tyres.

Last year’s fire engine pull through raised more than £3,333 for charity and the Biggie boys are determined to top that and then some.

Ryan, 28, said: “It was all done in a big rush last year.

“We’d really like to beat St Neots and their £18,000 total but they’ve had a 10 year start on us and have the techniques handled.”

It takes 56 people, working in teams of eight, to pull the engine over seven sections.

The 3.7 mile event starts at 11am at the top of Baden Powell Way and travels through the town centre, the High Street and Market Square before ending up at Biggleswade United Football Club.

The Club is hosting a family fun day from 2pm with a bouncy castle, face painting, music and a bar.

The day before – Saturday, September 19 – the Station is holding an open day from 10am to 2pm.

There’ll be safety demonstrations, an opportunity to explore the fire engines and try on fire kit as well as station tours, games, food and refreshment.

Local companies are being invited to donate prizes for the tombola and raffle.

All profit and donations will be split between six charities – the Fire Fighters Charity, East Anglian Air Ambulance, Mind, The Burns Camp, ActionAid and Sue Ryder.

Ryan explained: “They’ve been chosen because they deal with a range of important issues, from supporting young burns survivors to end-of-life care and helping injured fire fighters recover.”

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